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5 tips for finding cheap flights

20 November 2014 by National Bank
7 astuces pour trouver des billets d’avion moins chers

Travel is one of life's most fulfilling experiences and it's even better if you can discover the world at a discount! Check out our 5 tips for finding cheap flights.

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1. Avoid peak season

It all comes down to supply and demand. The higher the demand, the more the airlines charge for flights. Luckily, peak seasons aren’t the same for every destination, so it’s just a matter of knowing when they fall. According to Frédéric Prévost-Leboeuf, founder of Yulair, a site that groups together the best flight deals, high season in sun destinations usually falls between the holidays and March. For Europe and the rest of the world, it’s mostly around the holidays, school breaks and the summer months (June-August).

 

2. Being flexible can pay off

Flexibility is huge when it comes to getting the best deals, as prices can differ significantly from one day to the next. Moving your trip up or back a few days could score you big savings; it’s just a matter of giving yourself a little wiggle room around your ideal travel dates.

Being open destination-wise could also save you money. Béatrice Bernard-Poulin from the blog Eille la cheap! suggests making a list of 10 potential destinations. When a good deal comes along, jump all over it! These discounts can be offered up to several months in advance, which leaves you with plenty of time to inform your boss of your impending break.

 

3. Shop often

You just never know when the deal of the century is going to come along. That’s why it’s worth your while to search for deals regularly. According to Frédéric Prévost-Leboeuf: “there’s no such thing as the best day to shop for flights; it’s all about the departure date.” That means that the best prices can pop up when you’re least expecting them. To save time and get price drop alters delivered directly to your inbox, subscribe to the newsletter sent out by your favourite travel site or carrier.

 

4. Take advantage of the Canadian dollar

The exchange rate can work to your advantage when you’re paying for things in certain countries. It also applies to plane tickets. When you’ve selected your tickets, check what they retail for on the website of the airline flying to your destination. Sometimes, the exchange rate works to your advantage, and you come out on the winning end of the transaction.

 

5. Don’t let your search history get the best of you

Thanks to cookies, data that stores your browsing activity, travel sites know what you’re looking for and use that information to their advantage. As a rule, the more you look up, the higher the prices each time you visit. Avoid this little surprise by using a private search window. On Firefox and Internet Explorer, simply click the Tools tab, and select the private browsing option. On Google Chrome, click the menu icon, and select private search.

 

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